Monday, May 11, 2009

Birds on Saguaros


Greetings from Tucson, Arizona! Here is Arizona's state bird (Cactus Wren) on the state flower (Saguaro Blossom). Birds are active at Sabino Canyon this month. Some of the saguaros are blooming and the pollen and nectar are attracting many bird species, especially White-winged Doves.

White-winged Dove on Saguaro


Gila Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird, Gila Woodpecker,
Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, White-winged Dove


Cactus Wren on Saguaro in Sepia Tone

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26 comments:

messyfish said...

what fabulous photos! I really love the way I can see alll those blooms coming out of the top of the cactus!

Outside In said...

What amazing photos! The blooms are beautiful,
Happy Cactus Monday!

Prospero said...

Exceptional pictures. That little cactus wren sure seems to enjoy those flowers. That last shot is quite amazing.

IcyCucky said...

Those are fantastic pictures, and the saguaros are just amazing flowers! What an enjoyable post!

Teri C said...

Fabulous photos. Someday I hope to be in AZ long enough to see the Saguaros bloom. I am living vicariously through your wonderful photos.

HCM!

Gaelyn said...

Great shots Diane. I love the dove with head buried. I heard cactus wrens throughout the canyon hike but rarely saw them and gone too quick for a photo.

marianne said...

Amazing pictures!
I enjoyed these very much!
What a joy it must have been to see this!!!

HCM!

Martha Z said...

Those cactus blossoms must be yummy the way the birds go after them. Your shots are great.

yoon see said...

Wow! These images are great!
Really spectacular!
How did you managed to capture the birds so naturally on cactus?
Thank you, these are rare and unique shots!
HCM Diane:)

deepazartz said...

Beautiful pics Diane..you get a glimpse of all the lovely birds too...Thats a double 'mazaa' it means double delight:)

HCM!

Margaret Ann said...

Fab shots as always...They are blooming here in Surprise as well...I just never seem to have my camera with meat the right time! HCM fellow cacuteer! :)

Pea said...

Superb shot! It might be hot in there but the pictures are so cool, soothing to the eye and relaxing!¨HCM:)

lizzie said...

Fantastic shots!

Kevin said...

Beautiful bird photos, I especially like the top one of the Cactus Wren! I sure would like to see the Saguaros in bloom some day, may have to plan on staying longer on my next trip.

koala said...

I imagine they must be extra careful on those sharp cactus needles but that's probably silly.

Phoenix C. said...

Amazing photos, Diane! The birds look like acrobats on those spines. The sepia tone looks great too.

gemma said...

Wonderful photographs!

Julie said...

What a great shot of the wren on the Saguaro!!! Excellent photography!!!
Happy CM!

Flying Colors said...

What an incredible picture! You sure document the Cacti life so thoroughly. Love coming here to see what is showcased.

Thank You so much and have a wonderful week - HCM!

betchai said...

what lovely photos, all of them are just amazing, the first and the last are my favorites. State bird on a state flower, wow!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, I enjoyed catching up on your blog posts. LOVE the Mourning Dove pictures and of course the Goldfinches. I also enjoyed seeing all of the different looking cactus. The latest post on the state bird and state flower is GREAT also. I have never seen one of our state birds, the Mockingbird. I saw one in TEXAS but not in Tennessee!!!! ha

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Vickie said...

These images are magical. Seeing these giant cactus in bloom is amazing enough, but then to see the birds perched on them busy doing what birds do, just brings them alive.

Femin Susan said...

That is another amazing shot.
Cheers!

deedee said...

Wonder how those birds "walk" around those stickers on the cactus? Think they're saying - ouch, ouch, ouch.....?

A Joyful Chaos said...

I really enjoyed your lovely pictures!
Thanks so much for sharing.

Leedra said...

I absolutely love the first photo. Like all the birds on the cactus. The white winged dove is cool.

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